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The Arrow-3 ballistic missile system successfully intercepted a missile outside of the Earth’s atmosphere, according to the Israeli Defense Ministry.
In the Dec. 10 test, the ministry said the Arrow-3 system targeted, tracked and destroyed a missile meant to simulate an Iranian long-range projectile.
Program officials said that “the system had selected from among several objects flying through space — each not much larger than a one liter bottle of Coke — and steered its warhead into a direct hit of the correct target.”
The successful test of the U.S.-Israel Arrow Weapon System (AWS) and its Upper-Tier Arrow-3 missile was conducted over the Mediterranean Sea and “paves the way toward low-rate initial production of the exo-atmospheric interceptor developed by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and supported by its U.S. partner, Boeing,” Arrow-3 program officials said.
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